It looks like dance icon Derek Hough will be returning to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom after all! Just not as a pro-dancer as fans were speculating. It was the Daily Mail that claimed Derek was asked to return to the Tyra Banks helmed show. And when Derek was confronted with the rumor by Extra, he refused to answer one way or another.
After four years, Derek Hough returns to DWTS, but in what role?
But then, when GMA unveiled the 15 pro dancers participating on season 15, Derek wasn’t among the cast. At that point, I filed Derek’s return as a rumor that didn’t pan out. What’s more, Derek has been a judge for the Jennifer Lopez dance competition World of Dance for four seasons. Wouldn’t his contract with NBC contain some kind of exclusivity clause?
GUESS NOT! Because after four years, Derek is returning to his roots. His role on the show will be revealed on GMA this coming Tuesday (Sept 8). Looking back on the Daily Mail piece, it NEVER mentions the exact role Derek would return to play! Couple that with Derek’s coy response to Extra’s questions, and it’s obvious that a deal has been in the works for a while.
“He is a Dancing With the Stars legend. He has won the mirrorball a record six different times,” the promo revals, “Now, he is back. But what will he be doing on the new epic season of Dancing With the Stars? Hold on tight. You’re about to find out.”
My guess: Derek will could join Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli on the judges panel. His sister Julianne Hough served as a judge on the show for several seasons. Or perhaps he’ll serve as a mentor to the celebrity contestants.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 2, 2020
The professional dancer first competed on DWTS in 2007. He went on to win seasons 7, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 21 with celebrity partners Brooke Burke, X Factor and Masked Singer judge Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, American Idol alum Kellie Pickler, Glee star Amber Riley and Bindi Irwin, respectively.
Dancing with the Stars undergoes format changes
Dancing with the Stars shook up the format for the upcoming 29th season, replacing hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews with Tyra Banks who will also serve as an executive producer. The 15 celebrity contestants include Carole Baskin, AJ McLean, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Anne Heche. Val Chmerkovskiy, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd and more are joining the show as pro partners. The partnerships won’t be revealed until the show premieres on ABC Monday September 4. But of course there are spoilers!
Also, strict protocols due to the Covid-19 pandemic will mean an empty ballroom, social distancing and cast quarantining.